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NABJ Congratulates Four Black Writers Who Won 2017 Pulitzer Prizes

Thursday, April 13, 2017  
Posted by: Veronique Dodson
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NABJ Congratulates Four Black Writers Who Won 2017 Pulitzer Prizes


The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates Hilton Als, theater critic of the New Yorker magazine, for being named a winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. Als was cited for “bold and original reviews that strove to put stage dramas within a real-world cultural context, particularly the shifting landscape of gender, sexuality and race.”

The Pulitzer jury also honored the work of playwright Lynn Nottage for “Sweat,” Colson Whitehead for the fiction novel, “The Underground Railroad,”Tyehimba Jess for a volume of poetry called “Olio.”

“The work of these writers chronicle important aspects of the African American experience and contribute to the ongoing discussion about issues and concerns of black people,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover.

 The Pulitzer Prize has been administered by Columbia University in New York City for 97 years and is considered one of the top honors for journalists and writers.

NABJ recognizes the excellence in telling the stories of people throughout the diaspora. Journalists who excel in stories about the black community are encouraged to submit their own work for the NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards presented this summer at the NABJ Convention in New Orleans, August 9-13. The awards deadline has been extended to April 17, 2017.


About the National Association of Black Journalists: An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information, please visit

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